So it's actually the morning of day 2 here, but I decided that staying up late to blog was less productive than heading to bed and getting some much needed shut-eye. So here are my thoughts about yesterday:
The Spark Solution asks you to respond to the following statements at the end of each day, ranking each 1-5 with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent.
I made healthy food choices based on the Spark Swaps meal plan.
I gave this one a 5. My calories for the day were very slightly off from the totals in the book, but it was a negligible amount and I was still well within my calorie and nutrient ranges for the day. You have to take into account that the variety of bread you choose, as well other specific ingredients might alter your totals slightly. But I made EXCELLENT food choices and was satisfied all day long.
My one struggle in this area is getting breakfast in on time . I tend to spend my first hour in the morning getting my coffee and getting the kids all ready for school, so I usually eat breakfast after I get back from dropping them off - around 8:30. That's not really within the 2 hours after I wake up since I usually get up between 6-6:30. Yesterday I goofed since I wasn't thinking I'd get to head to the gym (I DO eat before taking them to school on those days) and so I hadn't eaten before it was time to go. I scarfed down a banana on the way there and had the rest of my breakfast when I got back. But I'll be working on getting my breakfast as soon as I wake up so it can get my metabolism going first thing in the morning.
I was physically active, following the fitness that Fits workouts.
I don't know if I get a 4 or a 5 on this one. The day called for 20 minutes of cardio, but since I've been hitting the gym with a girlfriend over the last week I usually do 30-40 on the days I am there. And I like the way I feel at the end of the 30-40 minutes. So I did 40 on the eliptical, making sure to push myself hard enough to get out of breath, but not so hard that I was dying.
I felt motivated to stick with the Spark Solution program. 5
I am ready to take on tomorrow and all that it has in store for me. 5
Other thoughts on Day 1:
The highlight of my day was getting to go to the gym this morning when I thought I wasn't going to be able. My sitter for my one year old told me just this morning that she wouldn't be able to keep him while I went to the gym as usual. I don't LOVE going to the gym, but I do love keeping my momentum now that I have started (started going with a friend last week). Well, I got home from dropping off the older boys at school and my husband said he'd wait to start his day/work until after I got back from the gym! Best. Hubby. Ever.
It was difficult fighting off the old habits - cruising through the drive through for a "snack" that probably has 4 times the calories of a decent meal, munching through a bag of chips or m&ms, etc.. But I'm determined to give this program a chance to work.
The food was tasty and appropriately filling. I wasn't starving by the next planned meal or snack, but I was getting hungry-ish. And that's how it SHOULD be. The only thing I didn't care for was the evening snack they said was a chocolate milkshake. 1 banana and low fat chocolate milk (I drink soy milk instead) in the blender. It just didn't have the yum factor I was looking for. But the rest of the day was delicious. My husband even asked me to make him some of the breakfast and enjoyed it with me.
And the dinner - the husband and all the boys thought it was fantastic (and so did I)!
So the conclusion at the end of day 1 is that this was a great start out of the gate! Looking forward to day 2!